Moving day can be chaotic, so you’ll want to decide ahead of time how you’ll care for your dog during this time. If possible, it’s best to have them out of the house. Otherwise, your stressed dog may constantly be underfoot, whimpering and wondering what the bustle is about.
Here are some options:
- Ask a trusted friend or family member to watch your dog at their house
- Take your dog to a kennel
- Keep your dog in their dog crate while the movers are at the house
- Keep your dog in one room of the house on moving day
Ease your dog’s anxiety by ensuring they have plenty of food, water, and toys throughout the day. Get a microchip for your dog and make sure they’re wearing an ID tag with accurate contact information in case they’re extra skittish.
Coordinating pet travel can be one of the trickiest parts of moving with a dog. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety during this time, so it’s best for their mental health to keep your dog with you as you journey to your new house.
If a moving company is driving the truck, you might be road-tripping to the new home. In that case, bring your dog in their crate and look for pet-friendly hotels along the journey.
Be a good dog owner on your road trip: remember to make plenty of stops to let them get exercise, and make sure your dog has plenty of ventilation if you ever leave them in the car. Go easy on the dog food, especially if your dog is known to have a sensitive stomach!
If you’re moving internationally, you may need a pet passport to take your dog.